Sep 13, 2012 9:00am EDT
obama? then, republicans who support marriage equality. >> hello i'm bonnie erbe. welcome to the contrary. a discussion of news and social friends from by verse ber speculatives. up first, the important choice ahead for women voters. [♪] barack obama and the democrats believe women will be the deciding factor in the presidential election. so they are working hard to drive them to the polls. >> and if you share that faith with me, if you share that hope with me, i ask you tonight for your vote. >> at their convention, democrats put women front, center and really everywhere. there were tributes to women senators and women house members. one woman after another took to the stage to make the case for reelecting president obama. >> we are far better off with barack obama than we were with george w. bush. that is why the republicans said gotcha. are you better off? absolutely. >> when you look at our convention, you see america represented. you see the diversity. you see the role of women all of us members of congress, women members on that stage, sent a big message across this natio
Sep 6, 2012 9:00am EDT
democrats head to charlotte to formally nominate president obama. then, labor secretary hilda solis defends the administration with a labor day interview on women and jobs. hello, i'm bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. up first, battling for the women's vote. president obama and the democrats soon have their week in the spotlight. among other things it's their chance to respond to this week's charges by republican presidential candidate mitt romney and gop convention speakers. one prominent goal at the gop convention was to narrow the looming gender gap. >> when my mom ran for the senate my dad was there for her every step of the way. i can still see her say in her beautiful voice "why should women have any less say than men about the great decisions facing our nation?" [ cheers and applause ] >> toward that end an array of female gop luminaries took turns promoting the romney/ryan ticket as good for women, especially mothers. they want to change the campaign focus from women's right back to the economy and push back
Sep 29, 2012 11:30am PDT
few months ago, romney was ahead and obama is 6 or 7 points ahead. >> you have to look at enthusiasm in those numbers and i think that is where they are aiming for. pun intended. it's to keep those enthusiasm numbers high and they are very high. they are high or about at the point you want them the week or two before the election. they are that high. and i think ryan did this, i don't finish it was a political stunt as much as it was him showing his personal side of who he is and he's a family man and he is an outdoors man too. >> i have to say this. i know gun control has not been a big issue in this campaign because i have to say obama has not really taken on the issue because the concern with the base but i was looking at a report by the children defense fund, they used the latest data on kids who have died of gun injuries. 5,740 kids have died because of gun injuries. for between 2008 and 2009, at the latest data. so i just want to put this issue on the table because there is another side to the debate about gun control and i wish we had a serious discussion about it.
Sep 16, 2012 9:30am EDT
child left behind, clearly didn't work, why is obama continuing it? >> you know, look, we have the nation's report card which is one of the largest standardized tests from research we have done that one out of four of those eighth grade students were achieving below level and both reading and math. the standardized tests are telling us the most important thing that the schools are failing. we need to have -- >> i've heard commentators say, that's not what the standardized tests are telling us. they're really just an indicator of the economic status of the children taking the test. because affluent kids do great. poor kids fail and do lousy if all you're doing is testing how much money the kid -- how much money there is in the neighborhood where the school is, what good is that? >> i think that's all we need to have a broader conversation that without parental choice, without private school choice, competition, all of this is a moot point. the fact is that we're spending more and more for decades now and achievements are going down. obviously the status quo is not working. >> the an